Helping others through theatre” is more than a tagline for Illinois not-for-profit company H.O.T.T. Productions; it’s a way of life.
The only community theater founded with the mission of donating proceeds to charitable organizations while providing quality musical performances, Schaumburg-based H.O.T.T. Productions was created in 1995 by sisters Chris Seminaro and Donica Seminaro Luzwick. Staffed fully by volunteers, family and friends, they’ve since donated more than 3,000 to charity.
During the holiday season, H.O.T.T. Productions provides participants in the Prevention Initiative Program with funds for transportation, as well as money toward warm clothing and shelter for some of the area’s neediest families.
More recently, show proceeds have helped with the goal of bringing theater to individuals with autism spectrum disorders. H.O.T.T. has sponsored multiple performances of the Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Red Kite Project, which creates multisensory theatrical experiences.
H.O.T.T. has linked up with organizations through America In Joining Forces-Taking Action To Serve America’s Military Families; not only has the company pledged volunteer hours, but they’ve also invited veterans from Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Hospital to attend performances. While at the theater, audience members write letters to service members and their families.
Another special touch is that one performance during each show’s run is done for an invitation-only audience that may not otherwise have access to a live musical theater event, including many with disabilities.
Known for its family-friendly musical hits such as “Oklahoma” and “The Music Man,” H.O.T.T. Productions is gearing up for its fall performance of “Showboat.” As for the “community” aspect of this theater company, cast members range in age from 3 to 75 and come from all walks of life and professions. The company makes sure to include actors with developmental disabilities. Members of H.O.T.T.’s troupe have gone on to marry, have children, name each other as godparents, and remain close friends for life.
On the eve of its 20th season, H.O.T.T. Productions continues to provide family-friendly musical hits—and the opportunity for a good bit of generosity with your theatergoing.
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